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PEPIN -- The public is invited to join the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society of Pepin Saturday, Feb. 4 to celebrate the 150th birthday of the popular author and cultural icon who was born in a log cabin near Pepin in 1867. The festivities will be held both at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Wayside cabin at the author’s birth site and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Society’s museum (306 Third St., Pepin).
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce is asking the public to recognize the best that the business community has to offer.
ELLSWORTH -- Internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon will appear at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center (312 W. Main St., Ellsworth). Under the title “Music from the Backyard & Front Porch,” Pelon will perform on approximately 20 ancient and modern wind, string and free-reed instruments, as well as sing. This program features the music of America's indigenous peoples, songs and instruments of America's many immigrants and Pelon's own compositions.
MADISON -- Leaders from Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties will travel to the state capitol in Madison on Wednesday, Feb. 8, for the annual Greater St. Croix Valley Legislative Day.
ELLSWORTH -- The Pierce County Deer Advisory Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Ellsworth High School Library to discuss recommendations for preventing the spread and responding to other chronic wasting disease issues on both a statewide and local level. Unlike the annual spring CDAC meetings during which quota and permit level recommendations are determined, the January meeting will focus specifically on CWD in Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer herd.
PLUM CITY -- Since 1979, Plum City High School band alumni have come together once a year to dust off their instruments and test their memories for a single night of pep band music. Merlyn Aude has directed the event since its inception; he began his teaching career in Plum City in the Fall of 1976.
PRESCOTT -- With a collaborative community effort, senior citizens in Prescott gained a valuable space for meetings and social gatherings. Space located in the lower level of Malone Intermediate School now serves as a new Prescott treasure officially named “The Gathering Place.” The Prescott Foundation recently provided a $3,000 grant and the City of Prescott provided a $5,000 grant to cover costs for upgrading previous classroom space and future programming options.
TOWN OF HARTLAND -- Editor’s note: This is the seventh article in the “Finding Your Roots” series by the Pierce County Historical Association offering readers a glimpse of Pierce County’s pioneer history, by township. The township of Hartland was organized in November 1857 from part of Isabelle Township. Off to a slow start, it was a year later that an organizational meeting was held at the home of Joseph Sleeper.
RIVER FALLS -- UW-River Falls alumnus Richard Moldenhauer has been named the 2016 recipient of the National Nyswander/Dole “Marie” Award presented by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) for his extraordinary service in the opioid treatment community. Moldenhauer was presented the award at the National AATOD Conference in Baltimore, Md., in November.
STOCKHOLM -- Back in the old country – Sweden – people have always celebrated Christmas, or “Jul,” throughout the entire month of December. Not to be outdone by its namesake, the village of Stockholm will offer its own version of Swedish holiday traditions, “A Stockholm Swedish Christmas,” continuing through Dec. 17.